Leroy Sané is missing Germany against Japan
Dhe German national soccer team has to start the World Cup in Qatar without offensive player Leroy Sané (26) from FC Bayern Munich. The candidate for the starting lineup for the opening game on Wednesday (2:00 p.m. CET, in FAZ live ticker for the World Cupon ARD and on MagentaTV) in Doha against Japan with problems on his right knee, as the DFB announced.
At the final training session on Tuesday at the training center in Al-Shamal, however, all the other 25 players were present. For the media, however, only the warm-up phase of the first 15 minutes was visible.
National coach Hansi Flick no longer has the option in the first group game to rely entirely on the in-form Bayern block. Sané was expected on the offensive. It is questionable whether Flick will rely on World Cup veteran Thomas Müller right at the start of the tournament after his long break from competition.
In midfield it is also exciting whether Flick decides for Ilkay Gündogan from Manchester City or Bayern player Leon Goretzka as a sideman of Munich’s Joshua Kimmich. After an injury break, defender Antonio Rüdiger is fit and ready to play for the German team again in time for the start of the World Cup.